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Oct 5, 2011 7:00pm PDT
kobayashi. this just in to us. apple reported that its former top executive steve jobs has died. he resigned from the post at the end of august. jobs was a world renowned charismatic manager who was responsible for the success of best-selling products like the iphone and the ipad. once again, apple has confirmed its former stop executive steve jobs has passed away. he resigned from the post in august. he was a world renowned charismatic manager who was responsible for the success of best-selling products like the iphone and the ipad. >>> one of the most powerful politicians in japan is going on trial in an hr. former democratic party leader ichiro ozawa is facing criminal charges in connection with a political funding scandal. it's extremely rare for a powerful politician in japan to face criminal charges in court. security is tight in and around the tokyo district court. in a park next to the building, many people gathered for the chance to win seats for the public gallery. ozawa is accused of falsifying financial reports. the charges are in connection with a $5.2 million land purc
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Oct 11, 2011 7:00pm PDT
european financial facility needs to be approved by all 17 countries that use the euro. slovakia is the only member that voted it down. >> translator: we are now facing our biggest crisis since world war ii. >> slovakia has a population of fi 5.4 million with one of the smallest econ mees, but it's drawing worldwide attention. >> political parties opposed ton plan not only for slovakia, but all of europe. >> the main issue is whether to increase the funds's lending capacity to 440 billion from the current 250 billion. the other 16 euros that approved the rescue measure. slovakia adopted the kurpsy in 2009. before this, the country achieved economic growth of 10% in 2007 thanks to the automobile and electric appliance industries. the economy slowed with europe's debt problem triggered by the greek crisis. the country is being asked to guarantee 7.7 billion euros. this is almost 60% of the state budget. anger is mounding about supporting greece when which is a wealthier country. >> i want the government to help us. >> translator: it's not acceptable to use our tax money to help greece. >>
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Oct 20, 2011 7:00pm PDT
reportedly hiding in a suburb of sirte, he used satellite tv to call on his supporters to fight until the bitter end. crowds of libyans burst into songs of jubilations after the demise. to put an end to eight months of civil war. moous ta fa jaleel is expected to hold a conference on saturday and declare all of libya liberated. disagreements within the ntc are dlae ii ining launch. >> this marks the end of a long and painful chapter for the people of libya. who now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny in a new and democratic libya. >> people in libya today have an even greater chance after this news of building themselves a strong and democratic future. >> france was also one of the leading countries. called the demise a milestone in the nation's battle to free itself from more than four decades of dictatorship. moon says it marks a shift for libya. >> the road ahead for libya and its people will be difficult and full of challenges. now is the time for all libyans to come together. >> muammar al gadhafi was the longest serving head of state in the arab world. >> reporter: g
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Oct 26, 2011 7:00pm PDT
credit suisse securities japan. mr. shirakawa, thank you for joining us. why does the action plan keep getting delayed? what is taking so long? >> i think there is a gap in understanding about, you know, how much of greek debt has to be reduced between france and germany. and i think that is one of the big issues. the ratio should affect the amount banks have to raise capital and also it should have ramifications on bonds. the gap between france and germany in terms of action is now a bit of an agreement to be reached. >> the haircut ratio, that's one of the two big issues that has yet to be resolved. the bondholder losses for those who do own greek debt, and the bailout fund expansion. what are your thoughts on those issues? >> well, i think for the greek debt haircut, i think anyhow they will agree on 50% haircut, is my understanding. but, of course, going forward, they have to discuss about, you know, the necessity for them to engineer haircuts for other bonds, like italian bonds, spanish bonds and that should, of course, affect the amount of recapitalization. and the amount th
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Oct 12, 2011 7:00pm PDT
two islands over five years. all euro zone members will likely bailout after all. give us the details. >> i'm sure you remember yesterday slovakia rejected the plan and it is looking more likely that they will endorse it. the main ruling parties have reached a deal with the opposition to approve changes to the euro zone's bailout fund. it's the last of 16 other member nations to endorse the change. the deal on wednesday came the day after parliament rejected the plan to bolster the fund known as the european stability facility. the opposition approved a greater contribution to the fund in return for an agreement that the ruling parties move forward w in a general election to march of next year. it was originally scheduled for 2014. that compromise means the empowered bailout fund is expected to win consent within this week. ratification by all 17 euro zone countries is needed to take effect. the compromise caused the prime minister her job after a junior coalition party refused to support the new scheme and a confidence vote in the government on tuesday. the european union announced a
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Oct 10, 2011 7:00pm PDT
effort to cement relationships with china. he appears to have used the opportunity to show he's taking a firm stance against china's security threats. he's trying to be re-elected in january when taiwan holds its presidential election. >>> activists in south korea sent a message on monday they hope will make it to north korea. they floated balloons carrying ten of thousands of leaflets towards the border. the action coincided with the 66th anniversary of the founding of the north korea workers party. north korean defectors and supporters sent about 200,000 leaflets in all. it calls for an end to the three-generation dynasty that has controlled the country since 1948. the group says it also attached 100 radios and 300 dvds to the balloons. representatives say they want to help deprogram brainwashed north koreans. the event also marked one year since the death of the man who was the highest ranking north korean detector and a focal critic of kim yong il's regime. 200 south korean officers guarded him. an assassination plot was uncovered last month. north korea has warned it will not hesi
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Oct 3, 2011 5:00pm PDT
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Oct 27, 2011 7:00pm PDT
buildings. crews are working day and night, using heavy machinery. rain and snow started falling in the area on wednesday making survivors' lives more difficult. the government estimates the quake affected up to 600,000 people in van province. relief supplies are reportedly not reaching everyone in need. the turkish government initially declined foreign aid after the quake but later decided to accept assistance. international aid workers and a medical team from japan have begun working in the devastated region. >>> now take a look at the latest in business news and the currency. the yen stubbornly high. >> no kidding, catherine. refreshing that high for three days in a row now the yen hit another hit torque hianother hi high against the dollar on thursday with reinvestors reacting positively to financial news from europe. it surpassed the record high set on the previous day. this comes as investors reacted positively to the fiscal measures adopted by the european union designed to contain the region's debt crisis. moves to buy back the euro and sell the dollar intensified, following the
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Oct 19, 2011 7:00pm PDT
>>> demonstrators protesting new us a stairity measures now clashed with riot police in athens. the final vote for a bill that includes new tax hikes and salary cuts is scheduled on thursday. welcome to "news line." i'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. tens of thousands of people walked off the job. the action is part of a two-day strike ahead after crucial vote in parliament on a new round of salary cuts and tax hikes. >> descending on the streets if central athens to take part in the demonstration. >> the nationwide strike began on wednesday morning when public trsport and other workers left their workplaces in response to calls from labor unions. in athens, more than 120,000 people took to the streets in the largest protests since the greek debt crisis surfaced in 2009. but the demonstrations turned violent when some of the protesters started smashing store windows and throwing fire bombs at police who responded with tear gas. the greek parliament gave initial approvement to a new round of austerity measures on a vote on wednesday. a final vote is scheduled for thursday. measures in
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Oct 28, 2011 7:00pm PDT
electric have submitted the results of the stress test, but they won't give us any information to help us decide whether or not we can restart the reactor. >> it's still unclear whether or not these tests will lead to restarting the idle nuclear reactors. local governments and residents have to approve before any reactor can be turned back on. >>> japan's atomic energy commission said it aims to start retrieving melted nuclear fuel rods from the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant within ten years. the commission's expert panel presented a draft report on friday, outlining the timetable for scrapping the plant. the report says decommissioning will start with repairing the containment vessels of the number one, two, and three reactors where meltdowns occurred. the commission also plans to start moving spent fuel rods from pools at the number one, two, three and four reactors to another pool in the plant within three years. the report projects that the decommissioning will take more than 30 years to complete. in 1979, three mile island accident, about 70% of the reactor's fuel rod
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Oct 3, 2011 7:00pm PDT
environment in the municipalities at the request of local officials. the task force will use a device on board a vehicle to measure radiation levels on the roads. unmanned helicopters will be used in hilly places where vehicles cannot enter. it will also examine the density of radioactive substances in wells and springs at 4,000 spots, in streams, rivers and reservoirs in 19 places. the government says it will publicize the degree of decreasing radiation levels as the decontamination process continues. >>> politicians in tokyo are trying to cuthe ties linking crime syndicates and businesses. a new bylaw targeting the yakuza took effect on october 1st. prohibits companies from helping gangsters earn money. they are also not allowed to pay criminal organizations to make their trouble goes away. the tokyo ordinance is the latest in a string of laws across japan aimed at gangs. today we'll look at the root of the problem and examine whether this type of legal action is the solution. >> reporter: people in japan rally against organized crime. the anti-gang sentiment in this country
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Oct 25, 2011 7:00pm PDT
earthquake also destroyed at least 2200 buildings. in the hardest hit down of urgess, crews are using heavy machinery to search for people under the debris, but they're being hampered by a series of strong aftershocks. a two-week-old baby girl and her mother were found alive in the rubble. and a 10-year-old boy was also rescued. >> translator: it's incredible. i hope other people will be found alive. with overnight temperatures dropping to freezing point, many survivors are sleeping in tents and huddling around fires to stay warm. emergency food supplies are still not reaching all of the affected communities, and electricity and water remain cut off. >>> thailand's prime minister has urged residents to prepare for flooding saying water levels in central bangkok may reach up to 1.5 meters. she gave a warning on tv on tuesday. >> translator: the government cannot train all of the excess water. >> the prime minister said more places in the thai capital will be inundated. she urged people to store important possessions above the second floor. floodwaters began flowing into northern bangko
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Oct 24, 2011 7:00pm PDT
from across the country and military troops are searching around the clock using heavy machinery. but aftershocks are forcing rescue operations to be suspended intermitntly. many of the collapsed buildings are in urban centers. there are no detailed reports yet on the damage in rural areas. many people are believed to be trapped under debris. the international community including japan and the u.s. has offered to help. but the turkish government says it can deal with the matter by itself. near the quake-hit areas, kurdish separatist guerrillas have been staging an armed struggle against government forces near the iraqi border to the south. the kurds are criticizing the government for declining offers of aid from other countries to cover up the kurdish secessionist campaign. >>> in the turkish town, nearly 100 apartment buildings have collapsed and 169 people have died in the quake. that's more than half the total death toll. urgess has suffered the worst damage. our reporter has more on that. >> reporter: the fire department says these are being used in search and rescue operations. a
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Oct 18, 2011 7:00pm PDT
practical use. >>> japan's prime minister is visiting south korea and will meet his counterpart myung-bak on wednesday. >> translator: i want to have thorough discussions on future oriented japan/south korea ties including an economic partnership agreement. >> noda will likely urge south korea to resume negotiations for an agreement. it has been suspended for seven years. he will also discuss how the two countries and the united states can resolve north korea's nuclear program and its abduction issues. noda is expected to hand over a set of ancient korean books. they include archives of royal protocol from the dynasty that have been kept in japan. it's believed that noda will invite lee to visit japan as soon as possible in a bid to continue the talks between the two nations. we are now joined we the latest in business news. we're seeing a credit downgrade in europe? >> yes. still very much continuing. major u.s. credit rating agencies have downgraded the ratings of financial institutions. moody's said on tuesday it lowered on spanish sovereign debt by two notches to single a 1. it's
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Oct 7, 2011 7:00pm PDT
continues to kill civilians. that's the reason why more people are joining us in the fight. >> reporter: residents of a nearby village have gathered to discuss the worsening security situation in the area. we spoke with some of them to find out what they thought of the situation. >> translator: u.s. forces continue to destroy our homes and schools. >> translator: the fighting is going on. but the government is failing to protect us. >> reporter: many villagers criticize the united states and the administration of afghan president karzai. >> translator: there are no jobs here. the taliban provides allowances, so some people join the group in order to feed their families. >> reporter: one of the participants has been supporting president karzai's efforts to rebuild afghanistan. but last year, one of his sons was killed in the u.s. military raid. his 11-year-old grandson lost a leg in the attack. his sons to join the taliban. this man says he fierce his hopes for afghan reconstruction have been betrayed. >> translator: it's been a decade since the u.s. troops came. but life is
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Oct 13, 2011 7:00pm PDT
, that's about $600 billion and that ispro250 billion euros or about $340 billion. the fund will be used to buy gornnton oeu ze member nations with excessive debts. it can also be used to boost the capital of commercial banks through government actions. loans to de-sapd countries can also be provided as a support measure. >>> now it is time to check get a check on the markets. the dow jonesdg ler b close after disappointing earnings in the banking sector dampened market sentiment. let's see how things are kicking off here inap ts friday morning we do cross over to ramen mel lard w e markets here reacting? >> very good morning. jpmorgan chase, the first of the major u.s. banks to start reporting. it said profits fell ith third quarter based largely on losses in its trading and investment banking sectors and doesn't bode well for the upcoming major.s banks due to report, goldman sachs, citigroup and morgan stanley. let's look at the opening levels here this friday rng. u n see both indexes trading lower in the first few minuteses of trading. the nikkei did manage a rebound yesterday, large
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Oct 6, 2011 7:00pm PDT
measures are needed to prevent terrorists from using afghanistan as a base to launch attacks. >> translator: the number of afghanistan troops and police are sufficient, but their skills are not. the taliban might gain ground and the security and political situation could becomeunstable. if afghanistan becomes a safe haven for terrorist organizations, they might plot and carry out attacks overseas we must take all measures necessary to stop terrorism. >> meanwhile, afghan officials say they've uncovered a plot to assassinate president hamid karzai, a further sign of det r deteriorating in the country. nhk world's hideki yui reports. >> reporter: a spokesperson for the national directorate of security says six people have been arrested in connection with the alleged plot to assassinate president hamid karzai. they include a guard, a professor and several students from kabul university. they apparently planned to till the president while he was traveling in the provinces. >> translator: unfortunately, they infiltrated the presidential protection system and recruited one of the p
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Oct 4, 2011 7:00pm PDT
will be an option. >> we have the opportunity to go instead of working in kiribas, we'll use our qualifications to apply for jobs in other countries besides kiribas. >> reporter: as the pressure builds, the president asked the international community to address a climate change seriously. >> is to have the community deal with the problem they have created. there has to be a small responsibility here. >> reporter: the u.n. has become highly concerned about this issue. secretary-general ban ki-moon visited kiribas in september, the first secretary-general to do that. he planted mangrove trees to help prevent erosion and made an appeal for international support. >> the countries in the pacific island, they are the fronts of the front line states, and i'll carry this message to the world leaders, including general assembly, the negotiation process. >>or developing and advanced nations, there are strong differences of opinion on how to address climate change. this november, the cop17 conference will decide whether the kyoto the procoal will end in 2012. >>> joining us is a uchida from
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Sep 30, 2011 7:00pm PDT
public debate hosted by saga prefecture back in 2005. discussion focused on a plan to use plutonium/uranium-mixed chemicals at the reactor. kyushu had some of its employees attend the event and have opinions favorable to the project. as a preventive measure, the panel has advised the power company to refrain from making political donations and contacting governors or mayors of areas hosting nuclear plants. >> translator: this is the moment of truth for us. we will study the report and consider the issue carefully and make our utmost efforts to prevent a recurrence. >>> now tonight's "the road ahead." this is where people in the disaster-hit area get away from it all. for a few hours they can sit back and enjoy the entertainment offered by this pop-up theater. we have a report from miyagi prefecture. >> reporter: after two hours of pumping air, this inflatable building comes to life. japan's first pop-up movie theater rises in the town of matsushima. over four days, the pop-up cinemas showed locals 15 movies. the theater cost over $1 million to make. it seats 120 people comfortably.
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Oct 24, 2011 5:00pm PDT
aftershocks shook the area. they're using heavy machinery to search for people trapped inside collapsed buildings. turkey's home sector says along with the dead, i quake injured about 1,300 others. the tremors were strongest in the eastern province of van. [ speaking foreign language ] >> some survivors are taking shelter in tents. support crews are handing out food and other sulies. the earthquake cut off communications in the area. the number of dead could rise as more reports come in. >>> a japanese expert who studied building safety in the country says he found that in most cases, walls are made of brick. and structural columns are too thin that this makes them vulnerable to shaking. the expert says such buildings collapse easily in the event of large quakes. japan's government expressed condolences to the victims and their families, and says it is preparing to support the country as much as it can. >>> in thailand, central bangkok has flooded again, forcing the closure of nearby roads. ed chao phraya river overflowed on monday, along several hundred meters of its banks, streets are
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Oct 17, 2011 7:00pm PDT
the damaged fukushima daiichi nuclear plant says the water injection system using external pipes is most likely to cause problems in the future. the system was built as an emergency response to the crisis after the march 11th disaster. tokyo eleric power company calculated the risks that could stop the supply of cooling water and cause more damage to the reactors cores. tepco analyzed seven scenarios in which a cold shutdown is undermined due to the water supply halts for more than 18 hours. a cold shutdown means the reactor temperature is below 100 degrees celsius and stable. the scenarios include damage to the water injection system and external power outages. tepco found that the highest risk involves the water injection system being swept away by a massive tsunami and stopping the water supply to the reactors. the second most dangerous scenario is where the system is destroyed and it fails to resume. the company found that the outside pumps and pipes are ten times more likely to sustain damage than conventional ones inside the building. step owe plans to reinforce the emergency
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Oct 21, 2011 7:00pm PDT
their house used to stand, their aunt and foster mother sasaki went with them. they loved for clues about their grandmother's whereabouts. seven months after the march 11th disaster, toshihiko and masuko showed signs they were ready to accept their grandmother's death. sasaki thought a funeral would help the brothers come to terms with their loss. >> translator: they've now settled into their new routine. and that gives them enough time and composure to think about their grandmother. i think we should give her a funeral so they can say good-bye to her. once and for all. >> katsuko's family decided to hold her funeral on what would have been her birthday. they put soil from where their home used to stand in an urn in place of her ashes. on the eve of the funeral, toshihiko abruptly said his grandmother might have survived the tsunami. >> reporter: masuko dismissed yoshihiko's remarks. sasaki looked on. the following day, 50 people came to kasuko's funeral. they held a ceremony to see off her spirit. [ chanting ] >> masato laid the urn inside the family grave. finally the boys said go
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Oct 14, 2011 7:00pm PDT
planted in a sea side park. branches of kokia have been used to make brooms. >> translator: kokia is beautiful. >> this colorful scene can be viewed until the end of next week. >>> experts from the international atomic energy agency have advised the japanese government on how to effectively remove radioactive material created by the accident at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. on friday, the team of radiation experts submitted 12-point report to japan's environment minister, hosano. the iaea recommends decontaminating areas where high levels of radiation have been detected. since their arrival a week ago, the 12 experts have inspected decontamination work in fukushima prefecture, being carried out by central and local governments. >> translator: as a whole, japan's decontamination efforts are progressing in the right direction. >> he added that ongoing clean-up operations will incorporate recommendations from the iaea report. now after submitting their report, the iaea team held a news conference. and they touched on the japanese government plan to decontaminate areas where
KCSMMHZ
Oct 30, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it is 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. the yen hit a new high against the dollar in sydney. it followed the previous high marked on friday in new york. now on sydney's foreign exchange market, the dollar briefly changed hands at 75.32 yen after trading for the yen accelerated. it is now trading at 75.74-75. >>> the european union asked a group of 20 developed and emerging economies to unite to contain the euro zone debt crisis. eu president and the european commission president sent letters to leaders of the g-20 countries. the letters say the eu will progressively implement measures to increase the capacity of the european financial stability facility, the bailout fund, to 1 trillion euro to assist financially troubled members. the measures were agreed upon at the eu summit last week. letters mention the stepping up of the functions of the international monetary fund and also referred to the introduction of a financial transaction tax to strengthen monitoring of speculative financial trading. an nhk corresponde
KCSMMHZ
Oct 5, 2011 6:00am PDT
to help municipalities where nuclear power plants are to be built. the money can be used to build roads, social welfare and sports facilities. a board of audits survey shows about $1.6 billion are being held in reserve for 14 planned reactors across japan as of the end of march. construction has begun at only 3 of the 14 reactors. plans for the other 11 have been scrapped or delayed because of opposition from locals. the board of audit has found money in reserve for these 11 reactors totals about $864 million. the industry ministry says it will determine how to deal with the unused reserve funds after studying the results of an ongoing review of japan's basic energy policies. >>> greece is facing social strife on top of a debt crisis. greek servants and other workers have gone on strike against the government, in its latest austerity measures. air traffic controllers went on strike grounding all flights. school teachers and others join them. partially suspending public services. many protesters holding banners marched in athens and filled central parts of the capital. >> translato
KCSMMHZ
Oct 4, 2011 6:00am PDT
sending information on the protests, using online social networking sites. >> we can have 6,000 people around the world watch us. my personal goal is to make this place a better place. >>> the u.s. senate is talking tough on currency valuation. it's going to begin debating a bill to impose sanctions on countries that undervalue their currencies to boost exports. the move is seen as an apparent bid to step up pressure on china. the senate plans to ask the white house to identify nations that engage in currency manipulation. if such countries fail to rectify their policies, the legislation would allow washington to apply tariffs and other economic sanctions. senators are expected to vote on the bill later this week. but observers say the bill is not likely to pass. the republicans, who hold a majority in the lower house, have already expressed opposition. the white house is also taking a cautious stance as china is a major importer of u.s. goods. amid calls for a stronger yuan, tensions between the two trade giants are expected to rise. >>> china's commerce ministry has criticized
KCSMMHZ
Oct 21, 2011 6:00am PDT
city of ishinomaki, used to grow rice as part of a training program for local junior high school students. hendhe students visited about 200 temporary houses on friday and delivered nearly two tons of rice. >> translator: i didn't think we could have it this year. the local people look so happy when they received the rice. >> translator: i think we will be able to harvest even more riceext year, so i'd like to donate it to the community again. >> before we carry on with more news, some children in central japan arenjoying one autumn's iconic foods upe. some 50 children north of tokyo got their hands dirty digging for sweet potatoes during th kindergarten fie tp. >> more man just sweet potatoes, the children have gathered sweet memories. >>> u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, is winding up a two-day visit to pakistan. her goal was to personally deliver a message that pakistan needs to eeradicate locally-bad litant blamed for attacks in afghanistan. clinton spoke with reporters following talks with pakisni prime minister on friday. she said the u.s. is planning to step up mi
KCSMMHZ
Oct 23, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it is monday, october 24th. 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> a powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit eastern turkey on sunday, collapsing dozens of buildings. the country's government says at least 130 people have been killed. the u.s. geological survey says the quake had a depth of 20 kilometers, and the epicenter was close to the iranian border. video footage from the city of van near the epicenter shows rescue workers searching the rubble near the collapsed multi-story building. the video also shows people fleeing from buildings. the mayor of van told the local media the quake had destroyed buildings in the city center and had caused damage to the local airport. all flights from the airport have been canceled. at least 45 people have been killed in the northern town, the worst hit area. >>> libya's new leaders have declared the liberation of the country from 42 years of dictatorship under former leader moammar al gadhafi. the chairman of the national transitional council, mustafa abdel jalil, spoke to
KCSMMHZ
Oct 20, 2011 6:00am PDT
what's life like now? nhk world's kojima shows us. >> reporter: students are back at this elementary school, one of five schools that have reopened in minamisoma. the school authorities removed topsoil from the playground and cleaned buildings before classes resumed. radiation levels are now below the government safety li but still, people are being cautious. this is the elementary school's playground. it's break time and it's a sunny day, but everyone is inside. that's because school has suspended outdoor activities to limit children's exposure to radiation. the school's surroundings and private houses in the city haven't been decontaminated. many families are reluctant to go home. because they don't want to be exposed to radiation. that's why only 180 children returned to this elementary school. that's a third of what the population was before the march 11th disaster. >> translator: i think it's wrong to bring children back to their school. i don't think it's safe. the levels of radiation are not low. >> translator: the radiation hasn't come down at all. that's why my grandchildren
KCSMMHZ
Oct 27, 2011 6:00am PDT
more than 200 people from the rubble of collapsed buildings. crews work day and night using heavy machinery. rain and snow started falling in the area on wednesday making survivor's lives more difficult. government spokespeople estimate the quake affected up to 600,000 people in van province. relief supplies are reportedly not reaching everyone in need. the turkish government declined foreign aid immediately after the quake but has changed course and international aid workers, including a medical team from japan have started their work. >>> the mass exodus from bangkok has started. the thai capital is getting more deserted by the hour as floods spread throughout the city. nhk world's nathaka reports. >> reporter: i'm standing here as one of the biggest bus stations in bangkok, where people trying to escape from the floods in bangkok. people are rushing to leave the city. heading for rural areas. there's a long like at the terminal. >> translator: we wanted to evacuate quickly, buff we've been waiting for a bus since the morning. >> reporter: as the five-day emergency holiday start
KCSMMHZ
Oct 6, 2011 6:00am PDT
light tur goes for 2011 is awarded to swedish poet, tomas trans. through his images, he gives us fresh access do reality. >>> the swedish academy in stockholm announced the winner on thursday. he was born in stockholm in 1931. he made his literary debut in 1954 with a collection entitled "17 poems." considered one of the leading poets of his generation. the academy says his poems are characterized by economy, concreteness and sharp metaphors, his works have been translated into more than 60 languages, some of which he translated himself. 103 nobel prizes in literature have been awarded since 1901. the seventh native swede to do so will receive about $1.45 million in prize money. >>> an outpouring of sadness for steve jobs. people in tokyo react to the death of apple's founder. and former ceo. steve jobs is being called many things tonight. visionary, a wizard, a genius. the man who gave the world the iphone, the ipad and a host of other inventions has died. he was 56. people around the world are remembering his legacy. >> translator: steve jobs was someone that lived by his own r
KCSMMHZ
Oct 11, 2011 6:00am PDT
used to the elderly. >> reporter: today, michiko is determined to rebuild her life along with her husband. >> translator: i hope to find a job. and start working within two to three months. my dream is to work outside of this temporary housing. where we're stuck indoors all the time. >> reporter: armed with a certificate, she has finally received, michiko is doing her best to change careers. though she's blessing herself for the daunting job-hunting process, she has already taken her first steps towards a new way of working. hiroki yajima, nhk world. >>> politics is a tough business in japan. our latest nhk poll is proof of that. prime minister yoshihiko noda only took office a month ago. his approval rating is already slipping. nhk conducted a phone survey last weekend. the results suggest a little more than half of voters support noda's cabinet. 53% of respondents say they approve of noda's cabinet. that's a drop of seven percentage points from last month. the disapproval rating stands at 27%. an increase of nine percentage points. we also asked people about the government's pro
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Oct 17, 2011 6:00am PDT
village, despite a ban on rice cultivation. >> translator: rice paddies used to be everywhere and would you see the golden waves of the rice plants as far as the residence over there. but now the area is overrun with weeds. >> reporter: until the nuclear accident soon after the march 11th tsunami, more than half the households in kauchi village farmed rice. kauchi village had originally obey t government decision and told akimoto not to plant rice. but he insisted on planting it, anyway. >> translator: this is a brand of rice that i planted on may 15th. i thought it essential to make detailed data available, such as the exact amounts of radioactive cesium, so people could judge how the radioactivity affected rice farming. >> reporter: harvest day has arrived. >> translator: nothing makes me feel better than harvesting rice. >> reporter: akimoto harvested about one ton of rice this year. but he had to throw it all away, except for a small amount needed for radiation checks. rice in the zone where farming is banned, must be disposed of, even if it's free of radioactive marials. just
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Oct 16, 2011 5:30pm PDT
>>> glad to have you with us on this edition of "newsline." it is monday, october 17th, 8:00 a.m. in tokyo. i'm catherine kobayashi. >>> thailand's worst rainfall in 50 years caused flooding in northern and northeastern parts of the country. residents of bangkok are on maximum alert as high tides will continue several days. our reporter has more on that. >> reporter: northern and central parts of thailand were inundate with the flooding of the river that runs towards the thai capitol. it is in and around homes. they are bracing for possible flood damage and tides reached the highest levels since the heavy rainfall began. now the water level of the river is still rising. as you can see, water spread its banks into the shopping streets. bangkok residents are on high alert because of heavy rainfall and high tide. bangkok is located in a delta area. if the river overflows, it will cause widespread damage. >> the damage is getting worse day by day. we are losing business. >> all i can do is to wait for the rain season to end. workers are reinforcing barriers by piling sand bags at sub
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Oct 14, 2011 6:00am PDT
plan to reconsider recapitalization of banks in the region, including the use of public funds to insure their stability. japan is sending a finance minister, jun azumi and central bank governor, shirakawa. >> translator: japan also has a bitter experience of failing to dispose of nonperforming loans in time. i want to talk about the need for establishing a major framework to shore up financial institutions. that will include the european financial stabilization facility. >>> the meeting will last for two days. the outcome of the discussions will be announced in a communique'. >>> experts from the international atomic energy agency have advised the japanese government on how to effectively remove radioactive material created by the accident at the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant. on friday, the team of radiation experts submitted a 12-point report to japan's environment minister, hoseno. the iaea teams recommends decontaminating areas where high levels of radiation have been detected. since their arrival a week ago, the 12 experts have inspected e decontamination efforts carried ou
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Oct 24, 2011 6:00am PDT
drives are essential parts for computers and are used as external storage devices. >> translator: since supplies are running out, a lot of companies are eager to secure their stock. i'm concerned supply may fall short of demand ahead of the year-end sales season. >>> a full day has passed since a powerful earthquake shook turkey. hundreds of emergency workers are searching for signs of life in the rubble. they fear many people could be trapped in broken-down buildings. so far, this quake has killed more than 230 people. >> the tremor measures 7.2 in magnitude. it hit eastern turkey close to the border with iran. interior minister idris naim sahin says along with the dead, more than 1,000 people are hurt. prime minister recep tayyip erdogan visited the disaster area soon after the quake. he said countless people could be trapped in collapsed buildings. he promised swift rescue efforts. >> translator: we want to get people out alive. rescue efforts are going on throughout the night. >> soldiers and more than 1,200 emergency personnel are working together. they're dealing with constant aft
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Oct 12, 2011 6:00am PDT
6,300 prisoners. patchari raksawong joins us from our bureau in bangkok. >> myanmar's government began freeing prisoners on wednesday, one day after it announced an amnesty. the government has extended the amnesty to both political and other prisoners. the president released a statement on tuesday saying his government would free exactly 6,350 detainees and nhk filmed several prisoners leaving a prison in yangon on wednesday. the national league for democracy, or nld, says it has confirmed at least 100 political prisoners have been released so far. >> the move is seen as the government's attempt to appease pro-democracy groups. western nations imposed economic sanctions on myanmar and have said the release of political prisoners is a condition for lifting the restrictions. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton speaking to reuters after myanmar announced the amnesty said she was encouraged by the promising signals, but that it was too early to announce any steps washington might take in response. >>> next, to thailand, floods are plaguing much of the country, and bangkok is on high al
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Oct 3, 2011 6:00am PDT
local gangsters use a parking space for free. then, there's the case of the cemetery operator. authorities zeroed in on him for entrusting the management of his business to a company run by the head of a crime organization. finding links between businesses and yakuza might be the easy part. severing the ties will be much more difficult. this tokyo bar manager says he pays gangsters to act as bouncers. >> translator: i won't disclose the amount, but i'm paying them every month. i have a lot of trouble at my place. for example, fights or quarrels between customers. and that can hurt my business. i need their help to keep my bar running. >> translator: will you stop paying them immediately? >> translator: it will be rather difficult. >> nhk world's senior commentator, reporter koji nish charact gaggi is covering the story for us. >> police believe now is the best time to tackle gangsters. the large crime syndicate in the country is the yakuza clan based in western japan. this is the emblem of the clan. the clan controls 44% of all gangsters in the country. it has 34,900 members a
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Oct 25, 2011 6:00am PDT
futenma. >>> nhk political commentator joining us. masayo nakajima joins us. what does the promise by the japanese government submit a final environmental report actually mean? >> the central government hopes to apply the request for a land reclamation project with the governor of okinawa by next summer. that does not necessarily mean that the relocation project will be achieved easily because there are still a lot of problems or obstacles with convincing the locals the biggest. >> why did the japanese government promise the assessment, even though it's not a big step? >> the administration wants to show the u.s. that progress is being made towards breaking the stalemate. you know, the u.s. government has long been irritated with the delayed progress of their relocation issue. noda's predecessors have frustrated japan's biggest ally by failing to follow through on their various promises. with next year the presidential election in mind, obama wants to remove as many obstacles as possible, because the race is expected to be very tight. so the japanese government needs to come up with some
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Oct 2, 2011 5:30pm PDT
important films can be. they give us strength and hope for a better tomorrow. i do this because i want to hear people say your film gave me courage. for that reason alone, i'll keep on going. >> the popup movie theater will travel the region until mid november. >>> japanese listed companies have seen the paper profits on their share holdings decline by more than 38% in the last half year. japanese brokerage nomura securities researched the current market shares and acquisition price for about 1,800 listed firms as of friday. the amount was 4.1 trillion yen or $53 billion. the unrealized gain and indication of the firm's financial strength has declined by more than 38%. the profit on shares had fallen to the level marked immediately after the financial crisis began in september 2008. the topix index on the tokyo stock exchange has lost more than 100 points or 12% in the six-month period on concerns that the european credit situation will have an adverse impact on the global economy. >>> some 100 real estate firms from japan, the united states and ten other countries are taking part in a
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Oct 31, 2011 6:00am PDT
man, sunao takami, used gasoline to start a fire at a pinball parlor in osaka, killing five people and injuring ten. the unemployed takami was charged on murder and other charges. takami's lawyer argued that he should not be held accountable for the crime, but the judge said he is responsible. the judge said capital punishment is by nature cruel in some respects, but the question of whether hanging is a preferred method remains open. he said it is not unconstitutional because people sentenced to death have committed crimes that deserve capital punishment and that they should accept both mental and physical pain. >> translator: i was concerned about the defense's claim that execution is cruel, but i felt relieved when i heard the sentence. >> the defense lawyer indicated there will be an appeal. >> translator: it's a serious problem to rule that people sentenced to death should accept pain. >> the court spent two days discussing whether hanging is constitutional. a former psecutor at the supreme public prosecutor's office testified in the trial. tsuchimoto has witnessed state execut
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Oct 19, 2011 6:00am PDT
austerity measures proposed by the government. nhk world is in athens. >> the government bleeds us dry. they should immediately step down. >> what are we supposed to do if we can't receive a psi? >> reporter: in athens, the square in front of the parliament is packed with demonstrators on monday, wednesday, i should say. more than 120,000 protesters are marching through the city's center, chanting anti-austerity ogs. e otestasaunched by mar iove measures including pension cuts and layingff of about 30,000iv sean.me demonstrators threw firebombs at the police. this is the first demonstration of tcan greece sce the start of the sereign debt crisis two years ago. transport, hospital and other public workers are among the protesters. traffic in the capital is paralyzed and many strikers were converging on the parliament building. the government is trying to persuade the public to accept the new measures, which it says are essential to securing immediate funds for the country. >>> china sharply reduced holdings of u.s. government bonds ter the credit rating agency downgraded u.s. debt in ea
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Oct 28, 2011 6:00am PDT
of the stress test, but they won't give us any information to help us decide whether or not we can restart the reactor. >> it's still unclear whether or not these tests will lead to restarting the idle nuclear reactors. local governments and residents have to approve before any reactor can be turned back on. >>> japan's atomic energy commission said it aims to start retrieving melted nuclear fuel rods from the fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant within ten years. the commission's expert panel presented a draft report on friday, outlining the timetable for scrapping the plant. the report says decommissioning will start with repairing the containment vessels of the number one, two, and three reactors where meltdowns occurred. the commission also plans to start moving spent fuel rods from pools at the number one, two, three and four reactors to another pool in the plant within three years. the report projects that the decommissioning will take more than 30 years to complete. in 1979, three mile island accident, about 70% of the reactor's fuel rods melted. tlul retrieval began six ye
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Oct 7, 2011 6:00am PDT
are joining us in the fight. >>eporter: residents o a nearby village have gathered to discuss the worsening security situation in the area. we spoke with some of them to find out what they thought of the situation. >> translator: u.s. forces contin to destroy our homes and schools. >> translator: the fighting is going on. but the government is failing to protect . rorr: many villagers criticize the united states and the administration of afghan president karzai. >> translator: there are no jobs here. the taliban provides allowances, so some people join the group in orr to feed their milies. >>epter:ne of e participants has been supporting president karzai's efforts to rebuild afghanistan. but last year, one of his sons was killed in the u.s. military raid. his 11-year-old grandson lost a leg in the attack. the raid prompted another one of his sons to join the taliban. this man says he fierce his hopes for afghan reconstruction have been betrayed. >> translator: it's been a decade since the u.s. troops came. but life is getting worse. i have lost a son. and the suffering continues.
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Oct 13, 2011 6:00am PDT
. getting here from the nation's capital colombo, used to take at least eight hours by car. but now it is only a one-hour flight. security has up proved in the two years since the end of the conflict and the number of tourists is on the rise. about 650,000 people visited sri lanka in 2010. 1.5 times more than in the previous year. visitors have started coming back to the hotel as well. on this day, this family was staying there. >> if families will come to this part of the area, i hope on future my tourism will be up. >> reporter: the war is over. stability has been restored. sri lankans are optimistic tourism can be key in the country 'reconstruction. nhk world, aragambi. >> i looks like an amazing place. that's going to wrap up our bulletin. i'm pachari raksawong in bangkok. >> thanks, pachari. >>> japan is planning to offer yen loans to malaysia to help with its infrastructure projects. the japanese foreign minister, koichiro gemba, revealed the plan in malaysia. gemba met malaysian foreign minister in kuala lumpur on thursday on the second leg of his tour of three southeast asian c
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Oct 10, 2011 6:00am PDT
ago when the soviets invaded afghanistan. >> for us, we're doing the analysis to determine whether the isi in collusion with the insurgents inside pakistan are causing problems inside afghanistan. pakistan has to make decisions about its own relationship with those insurgent groups. >> reporter: the security situation in afghanistan continues to deteriorate. the kabul government and the u.s. now face the huge task of quelling the violence before the pull-out in 2014. >>> now for an in-depth report, in the second part of our series on mongolia, we focus on the nomadic herdsman. this main industry used to be the main way of life in the country. now their numbers are falling sharply. changing political systems and natural disasters have played a role. so has modernization. >> reporter: for the nomadic herdsmen of mongolia, life is a constant search for pasture and water. they move with tethered to the needs of their animals. their treks across the grasslands change from year to year. the destination depends on the condition of grass and the type of livestock. closely in tune to the rh
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Oct 26, 2011 6:00am PDT
mean for all of us. this is "newsline." i'm michio kijima in tokyo. the united nations says the world population will mark a milestone next week. come monday, 7 billion people will be sharing the earth's resources. the u.n. population released an annual report on wednesday. the number of people on the planet has more than doubled in the past 50 years from 3 billion in 1959. forecasters say the figure will surpass 10 billion this century. asia, the world's most populated region, is expected to reach 5.2 billion people by the middle of the century. africa's population will triple and climb to an estimated 3.6 billion by 2100. developed countries including japan and european nations are expected to see their populations shrink. falling birth rates are largely to blame. the u.n. report says the global population increase will accelerate urbanization and spread poverty mainly in developing countries. it also says water shortages will worsen and developed countries will have difficulty maintaining economic growth and social security systems because of aging populations. the report calls on
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Oct 9, 2011 5:30pm PDT
should take flexible measures by using euro zone bailout fund set up to provide emergency loans to countries in fiscal trouble. he maintained funds should be used only if a bank can't raise capital by itself. >>> the operator of the troubled fukushima daiichi nuclear power plant says the level of hydrogen in a pipe at the number one reactor has become low enough to make an explosion unlikely. they are also working to install a device to filter radioactive substances inside the containment vessel. tokyo electric power company or tepco last month found the hydrogen levels inside the pipe connected to the reactor's containment vessel comprised over 60% of the total gas present, posing a risk of explosion. the utility had been injecting nitrogen into the pipe to remove hydrogen since saturday. tepco says the hydrogen level is now low, and even if it were to rise again, it would not exceed 4%, the lowest level that poses a risk of explosion. on sunday evening tepco cut two points of the pipe to allow the insulation of a device that filters radioactive substances inside the containment v
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